- Thomas Conroy Diehards
Brace yourself college football fans, it’s the game that could salvage Florida State’s season, and more importantly, put them back into the chase for a berth in the ACC Championship game.
It’s Miami week.
The circumstances attached to the outcome of this week’s meeting could make it the biggest game of the season and possibly in the series between these two intense rivals. A win over the Hurricanes drops them from the undefeated ranks and evens FSU’s record at 2-2. Plus, Florida State becomes an active participant in the chase for the ACC Coastal division crown and the right to play in the conference’s championship game in early December.
2017 hasn’t been kind to the Seminoles thus far, they started out at 0-2, loss their playmaking quarterback to a season-ending knee injury in Week 1 and they’re not ranked in the national polls for the first time in like forever, but they have one advantage over the Canes heading into this weekend–FSU has won the last seven games in this annual rivalry.
“Miami is a heck of a team, their offensive is explosive and really playing well, ” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said during his Monday press conference, “Mark (Richt) is a terrific coach and will have his team ready to play on Saturday. It should be a terrific Miami-FSU game.”
The Seminoles might have the current upper hand in the series, but Fisher has great respect for the Hurricanes, and understands that the intensity on the field attracts all to this rivalry.
“I know the history and know the importance of the rivalry,” he said, “Even before my association with FSU.”
Fisher knows it will be tough to penetrate Miami’s front seven because they’re one of the best in the country. The FSU coach understands it will be important to establish the running game first by controlling the line of scrimmage. He felt at times last week, his offensive line was trying to do too much against Wake Forest, but what Fisher loves about this unit is their willingness to get back on the practice field and work to better themselves.
The key to this year’s Miami-FSU game could be patience and learning to take what is given by the defense. It’s a difficult process, but those who can never get caught up in the moment of playing their fierce rival.
Florida State will host Miami on Oct. 7, with a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff on ESPN.
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